Acer palmatum

Japanese Maple

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Medium 10-15' over a 10 year period. Cut-leaved varieties typically slower.
Mature Height - 8-25', a great variation in this species due to large # of cultivars.
Mature Width - 8-25'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Small red to purple, arching pendulous flowers in May-June. Emerges with new leaves of season.
Fruit - Dry red samara fruit .50-.75" long, wings .25-37". Ripens September- October.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Fall color is variable: yellow, bronze, orange, purple and red.
Bark - Young stems very green to polished reddish-purple and red, older stems are graycast.
Other Features - Due to the tremendous number of cultivars research of each cultivar is required. Cut-leaved varieties are popular. Often grown to a shrubby habit with contorted and twisted branches.
Possible Use -
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Prefers acidic, well-drained, moist, high organic matter soil.
Native Habitat - Zones 5-7(8), Japan, China and Korea. introduced to England in 1820.
Diseases and Insects - Few serious pests. A canker on young propagates caused by Colletotrichum acutatum.
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- Other plants with the common name Maple.
- Other plants of the family Aceraceae.
- Other plants of the genus Acer.
- Other plants of the species Acer palmatum.